NHS: Reorganisation

Department of Health written question – answered at on 8 November 2017.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of redrawing the geographical scope of the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what engagement events have been undertaken by the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership with local stakeholders since that partnership was set up.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the outcomes achieved by the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership since it was set up.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent (a) in total, (b) on consultancy fees and (c) on reviews by the Sussex and East Surrey Sustainability and Transformation Partnership since it was sent up.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Each of the organisations contained within Sussex and East Surrey’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), is engaging staff, patients, local residents and stakeholder groups around their joint plans.

The STP has decided that their preferred approach is to develop four 'place based plans' within their STP: Coastal Care, East Sussex Better Together and the North and South parts of the Central Sussex and East Surrey Alliance. They are undertaking public and patient engagement on that basis. Details of all engagement events they have held can be reviewed on the individual partner websites.

In addition, the partners are also establishing an STP wide patient and public engagement steering group to help shape and improve STP-wide engagement.

The STP Dashboard was published in July to provide an initial baseline view of STP performance. Upon publication, Sussex and East Surrey STP were rated in ‘Category 4- Needs Most Improvement’. NHS England intends to update the dashboard annually to enable progress to be tracked, and outcomes to be measured. The STP dashboard can be found here:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/11-pb-21-07-2017-stp-progress-dashboard.pdf

STP partners have established a pooled fund to support the work of the STP. The total spend from March 2016 to end of September 2017 was £2,264,000. This figure is inclusive of consultancy and reviews.

The Department has not made an assessment of the potential merits of redrawing the geographical scope of the STP – however, NHS England has set out arrangements for STPs to be able to propose an adjustment to their geographical boundaries. The geographical scope and composition of Sussex and East Surrey STP is a matter for its local partners.

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